A script that just might be the original story planned for the ninth episode of the Skywalker saga has been leaked. The script, allegedly written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, appears to be an intriguing tale. The A.V. Club tells us more:
According to the breakdown, which originates on YouTube, Trevorrow’s Episode IX was titled Duel Of The Fates (actually a very good title!) and his last draft was written in December 2016, about a week before the passing of Carrie Fisher. Though certain plot points could have changed during production or through reshoots, Trevorrow and Connolly’s story seems far more compelling than The Rise Of Skywalker. In their version, Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico is given a much larger role and spends a good portion of the film with Finn, C-3PO, and R2-D2 on a mission to light a beacon on Coruscant that will draw allies to assist the Resistance in their final battle against the First Order. Meanwhile, Rey, Poe, and Chewbacca head to a distant planet to find answers that may help Rey figure out what to do about this whole (gestures wildly) situation.
A big difference from The Rise of Skywalker is that, in this version, both Palpatine and Darth Vader appear, but as recordings, not resurrected characters. The most fascinating part is that Kylo Ren is literally haunted by the ghost of Luke Skywalker. While Disney has not responded, a second source has verified the script. You can listen to a breakdown of the script in a 2-hour video by Robert Meyer Burnett, or you can read the plot points from the video kindly listed by redditor Lollifroll. Or you can just read the highlights at the A.V. Club.